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Argument Between Supervisor & Officer Draws Attention In Downtown OS

An argument between an Ocean Springs police officer and a Jackson County supervisor led to some tense moments Thursday morning. At one point, District 4 Supervisor Frank Leach was even handcuffed and placed in a patrol car. 

The argument began over traffic flow in downtown Ocean Springs.

Leach is the Ocean Springs Site Manager for Cruisin' the Coast. He told WLOX News that at about 7:30am he was approached by a member of the Slidell Car Club concerning the need to close off northbound traffic at the intersection of Porter Avenue and Washington Avenue.

Leach said he approached an officer about his concerns and asked that he call Capt. Sweeney for direction. That's when tempers flared between Leach and the officer he identified as Officer Lewis.

According to Leach, he was eventually handcuffed and told he was being arrested for "disorderly conduct." Once Capt. Sweeney arrived on the scene, Leach was released.

A statement from Ocean Springs Police Thursday afternoon said Leach "resisted officers' attempts to control Mr. Leach." The statement also says charges have been filed against Leach, but did not specify what the charges were.

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